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Conference Agenda

Agenda for the conference Displacement and migration related to disasters, climate change and environmental degradation, 11–12 May 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Thursday 11 May 2023

9.00–10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00–10.45 Opening and introduction of the conference

  • Ylva Johansson, Commissioner, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission, (video message)
  • Maria Malmer Stenergard, Minister for Migration, Ministry of Justice
  • Mikael Ribbenvik, Director General, Swedish Migration Agency

10.45–11.15 Key note speech

  • Koko Warner, Director, Global Data Institute, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Rainer Münz, Professor, Central European University

11.15–11.45 Coffee break

11.45–13.15 Panel 1: The effects of climate change on migration. Examples from around the world

The panel will make visible the role of climate change in the complex interplay between different drivers of migration. It will provide an inventory of the effects that climate change has on migration and provide examples of situations in which climate change has influenced migration patterns in different parts of the world.

Moderator: Joakim Palme, Chair, Delmi (Delegation for Migration Studies)

  • Mariam Yassin Hagi Yussuf, Special Presidential Envoy for Migrants', Returnees and Children's Rights, Office of the President of the Federal Government of Somalia
  • Walter Kälin, Envoy of the Chair, Platform on Disaster Displacement
  • Anders Jägerskog, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, the World Bank
  • Glynis Harrison, Secretary General, Namibia Red Cross Society

Questions and Answers/Moderated discussion

13.15–14.15 Lunch

14.15–15.45 Panel 2: Possible impact of climate change on migration towards the EMN Member and Observer Countries–what can we expect?

In this panel, speakers will reflect upon the possible longer-term developments regarding migration over greater distances, mainly towards the EMN Member and Observer Countries. Panellists will also reflect upon the difficulties in identifying and forecasting climate-related migration.

Moderator: Bernd Parusel, Senior Researcher, Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS)

  • Michael Shotter, Director, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
  • Dina Ionesco, Senior Advisor on Migration, Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) & Vulnerable Twenty Group (V20)
  • Lisa Andersson, Economist, International Migration Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Salvatore Petronella, Strategic Advisor, Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP)

Questions and Answers/Moderated discussion

15.45–16.00 Wrap up of day one

Friday 12 May 2023

08.30–09.00 Registration and coffee

09.00–10.30 Panel 3: How are the EMN Member and Observer Countries currently addressing the effects of climate change and displacement and migration across different policy areas?

This panel will include presentations on how the EMN Member and Observer Countries work on mitigating any identified effects of climate change on migration. The panel will cover different aspects, including preparing contingency plans, possible national humanitarian protection statuses, enhance resilience or help establish new livelihoods in regions affected by climate change. Examples will be given from EMN Member and Observer Countries.

Moderator: Elin Jakobsson, Analyst at FOI (Swedish Defence Research Agency)

  • Matthew Scott, Senior Researcher, Human Rights and the Environment thematic area, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Göran Holmqvist, Director, Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)
  • Raffaella Greco-Tonegutti, Lead Expert on Migration and Development, Enabel (Belgian Development Agency)
  • Chiara Scissa, Expert in International Protection and Human Rights, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies
  • Laurent Rucker, Head of the Mission for Democratic Governance, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Questions and Answers/Moderated discussion

10.30–11.00 Coffee break

11.00–12.30 Panel 4: How could the EMN Member and Observer Countries address the issue of displacement and migration related to climate change in the future, with existing or new migration policy approaches?

In this panel, speakers will reflect on opportunities to better address the possible effects of climate change on displacement and migration to the EMN Member and Observer Countries. The panel aims at identifying new strategies, policies or other innovative approaches, looking at areas such as legal migration opportunities for work or studies, addressing needs of displaced people, resettlement, humanitarian quotas, sponsorship programmes etc.

Moderator: Camille Le Coz, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe and MPI

  • Andrew Harper, Special Advisor to the High Commissioner for Climate Action, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Michelle Leighton, Chief of the Labour Migration Branch, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • François Gemenne, Senior Research Associate and Director, The Hugo Observatory, University of Liège
  • Amreen Jahan, Counsellor, Bangladesh Embassy in Stockholm

Questions and Answers/Moderated discussion

12.30–13.00 Concluding remarks

  • Magnus Ovilius, Head of Sector Forecasting, Preparedness and Policy Monitoring, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission

13.00–14.00 Lunch